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Five memorable games: Louisiana teams

Saturday’s game against UL-Monroe will be LSU’s first against an in-state opponent since a 49-3 victory over Northwestern State in 2011. Here’s a look back at five of LSU’s most memorable games against in-state teams:

Aug. 30, 2003 – LSU 49, UL-Monroe 7: The Tigers aren’t among the preseason national title contenders at No. 14 in the preseason AP poll, but make a statement in their soggy season opener. Matt Mauck throws three touchdown passes in the last 6:37 before halftime to lead the first win of a 13-1 campaign that ends with a BCS championship.

Dec. 1, 1973 – Tulane 14, LSU 0: The Tigers haven’t lost to the Green Wave since 1948, but before a record crowd of 86,598 in old Tulane Stadium, the Wave puts an emphatic end to a quarter-century of frustration. Terry Looney’s 36-yard TD pass to Darwin Willie with :19 left before halftime is the only score Tulane needs.

Nov. 26, 1949 – LSU 21, Tulane 0: The Green Wave had already clinched the SEC championship, but Gaynell Tinsley’s Tigers pull a stunning upset at Tulane Stadium to earn a Sugar Bowl berth against Oklahoma, avenging a 46-0 rout by Tulane a year earlier at Tiger Stadium.

Nov. 22, 1958 – LSU 62, Tulane 0: LSU comes into this game 9-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country, needing to topple the Green Wave to win its first modern national championship (trophies were awarded before bowls then). The Tigers lead only 6-0 at halftime but swamp the Wave with a 35-point fourth quarter. Remarkably, LSU would also beat Tulane 62-0 in 1961 and 1965.

Nov. 21, 1936 – LSU 93, Southwestern Louisiana 0: The first game presided over by LSU’s live Bengal tiger mascot, Mike I, is a 14-touchdown score fest that still stands the most lopsided victory in LSU history. The Tigers finish 9-0-1 in the regular season and No. 2 in the first Associated Press poll behind 7-1 Minnesota.

Times of Interest: LSU vs. Louisiana-Monroe

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9 a.m.                                    LSU SportShop opens
10:30 a.m.                            LSU Legends at Andonie Museum
Noon                                    Ticket office opens
1:30 p.m.                              Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)
2 p.m.                                    9 Volt performs Zatarain’s Tiger One Village
2p.m.                                     L-Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)
2:30p.m.                               TAF Tailgate Party (PMAC)
3 p.m.                                    Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium
3:15 p.m.                              LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
3:30 p.m.                              All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
3:50 p.m.                              LSU walks down “Victory Hill”
4:05 p.m.                              Mike VI comes down Victory Hill
4:10 p.m.                              Band comes down Victory Hill
5:27 p.m.                              Mike the Tiger and LSU Cheerleaders field parade
5:44 p.m.                              Guest Captain Presentation (Bo Campbell, Doug Boutte)
5:45p.m.                               Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame
5:50 p.m.                              Alma Mater and National Anthem
5:56                                       LSU intro video
5:58 p.m.                              LSU takes the field
5:59 p.m.                              ULM takes the field
5:59 p.m.                              Coin toss at midfield
6:02 p.m.                              Kickoff: LSU vs. ULM on ESPNU  

Pick 6: A Q and A with an opposing beat reporter

Dusty Thibodeaux was more than happy to oblige our request for a Q&A. Dusty knows all things Louisiana-Monroe.

Read Dusty’s work at warhawkreport.com and follow Dusty on Twitter here. 

1. ULM QB Pete Thomas was a major college talent and a four-star recruit coming out of high school, but he’s at his third school in three years. What can LSU fans expect from this former ColoradoState signee?

Dusty Thibodeaux tumbles into the end zone (not really) with this Pick 6.

Dusty Thibodeaux tumbles into the end zone (not really) with this Pick 6.

His road to Monroe, La has definitely had some twists and turns. He was originally an ArizonaState commit, before flipping to Colorado St. A coaching change there led him to NC State, where another coaching change and an early graduation allowed him to test the fifth year market; committing to the Warhawks for 2014. Thomas is a leader on and off the field and is a guy that came into the ULM program to win a championship.

He pushed the receivers throughout the summer in conditioning and 7-on-7 drills to get timing and the playbook down with them. Now he’s taking advantage of every rep in practice to get better and make sure everyone is on the same page to make every play count.

2. How dangerous is punter returner and receiver Rashon Ceasar?

Ceaser has big play capabilities, but facing an injury in the season opener, it’s not known just how effective he will be this week. Last week against Idaho he was able to just fair catch punts, though he was facing one of the nation’s best punters in the nation. I think only the progression of the season will really show if the injury lingers on or if he can return to being the key receiver and play maker that he’s expected to be.

3. ULM had to replace two starters on an offensive line that struggled, somewhat, a year ago. How is that unit playing?

The line lost Josh Allen and Jon Fisher, both four year starters, from last year. The biggest concern coming into this season was at center, and snaps in the spring and early parts of fall camp were an issue. Since that time, Matt Oubre and Colby Mitchell have settled into the role and have played well there.

4. If there’s one thing that ULM must do really well to win this game, what is it?

Two things they really need to do, one on each side of the ball – move it offensively and not surrender the big play on defense. In the last meeting, 2010, the Warhawks found themselves down on the scoreboard, but leading in nearly every statistical category.

The reason for the lopsided score was the inability to stop LSU from having big play after big play. The ULM secondary in particular is more mature now than they were then, so they should be able to contain the Tiger receivers, but will have to get good pressure from the defensive front to help with this.

5. What’s the strength of the ULM defense and what’s a spot LSU could exploit?

The 3-3-5 scheme implemented by defensive coordinator Troy Reffett is best described as organized chaos, with lots of movement and blitzes from all angles.

While this is great when able to apply backfield pressure, it leaves the defensive backs on islands and exposed. This has been the downfall of the Warhawks over the past few seasons, as young and inexperienced players have been exposed over and over again. While they are now more mature, the nature of the scheme though leaves it as the biggest weakness.

6. LSU may play both quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. How does ULM plan to defend each?

Both are solid QBs, with both having great arms to air it out. The biggest difference I see as to how the Warhawks might approach them, is that Jennings has a bit more experience, leading me to believe the defense will ease back to try and force him to make a play happen. With Harris, his youth and inexperience could lead to a more aggressive defense that attempts to rattle his psyche and confidence via different looks and blitzes.

Too early for LSU bowl projections? Nah!

The harvest moon just peaked earlier this week, meaning we’re a long, long way from college bowl season. But it’s never too early for a guesswork prediction, and to that end we’ve collected a smattering of them for you to peruse.

A few of points of interest:

  • Penn State’s bowl eligibility was restored by the NCAA this week, and that could definitely have a bearing on LSU given the SEC-Big Ten bowl tie-ins. Jason Kirk of SBNation.com has LSU meeting Penn State in the Capital One Bowl in a rematch of their January 2010 game.
  • The Cap One is LSU’s most popular destination among the predictions. Six of the 11 we found had the Tigers in Orlando on New Year’s Day.
  • The most optimistic pick: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has LSU in the Fiesta Bowl against MichiganState. The Fiesta is of course one of the six CFP semifinal bowls, but not this year.
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com picks the Peach, another CFP semifinal bowl, as LSU’s destination to play Cincinnati. Before you say “Not another Peach Bowl,” consider the storylines from this matchup since Tommy Tuberville is Cincy’s coach and Gunner “No Chest” Kiel has been named the Bearcats starting quarterback. Hmmmm.
  • Most unlikely pick: Brad Crawford of SaturdayDownSouth.com has LSU reprising its trip to the Outback Bowl to face Michigan. Love the idea of the Tigers playing Les Miles’ alma mater for the first time, but LSU’s fan turnout in Tampa was so thin it doesn’t seem likely the SEC will send the Tigers there.
  • Remember, after any SEC teams are picked for the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and any of the other four CFP bowls (Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach), the Capital One Bowl gets to choose sides  for its SEC-Big Ten matchup. Then the SEC will decide the bowls for its remaining bowl eligible teams.
  • The TaxSlayer Bowl is the artist formerly known as the Gator Bowl.

BOWL PROJECTIONS AFTER GAMES OF SEPT. 6

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Capital One Bowl vs. OhioState
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Peach Bowl vs. Cincinnati
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan
  • Mike Huguenin, NFL.com: Capital One Bowl vs. Iowa
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Capital One Bowl vs. PennState
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Fiesta Bowl vs. MichiganState
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Capital One Bowl vs. OhioState
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Capital One Bowl vs. OhioState
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan
  • USA Today: Capital One Bowl vs. Notre Dame

BOWL GUIDE

  • Peach Bowl: Dec. 31, Atlanta
  • Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 31, Glendale, Arizona
  • Capital One Bowl: Jan. 1, Orlando, Florida
  • Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa, Florida
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville, Florida

 

LSU leads colleges with 38 players on NFL opening day rosters

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Jarvis Landry is one of 38 former LSU players on NFL opening day rosters.

The LSU football program led all colleges with 38 players on NFL opening day rosters, the league announced Wednesday.

The 38 active NFL players in week one put the Tigers ahead of Southern Cal (37), Alabama (36), Georgia (34) and Florida (33).

LSU also led the NFL in number of defensive tackles with six and was tied for most defensive backs with nine. LSU has two active punters in the NFL, which was also tied for the league lead.

The six defensive tackles are Michael Brockers (Rams), Ego Ferguson (Bears), Ricky Jean Francois (Colts), Anthony Johnson (Dolphins), Bennie Logan (Eagles) and Kyle Williams (Bills).

Former Tigers defensive backs on league rosters in Week 1 were Ron Brooks (Bills), Morris Claiborne (Cowboys), Ryan Clark (Redskins), LaRon Landry (Colts), Danny McCray (Bears), Tyrann Mathieu (Cardinals), Patrick Peterson (Cardinals), Eric Reid (49ers) and Tharold Simon (Seahawks).

The punters are Donnie Jones (Eagles) and Brad Wing (Steelers).

LSU’s active NFL list will increase to 40 this week as former Tigers wide receiver Dwayne Bowe returns to the Kansas City Chiefs from a one-game suspension and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard has been signed by the Miami Dolphins after being cut by the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago.

The following is a list of colleges with most players on active NFL rosters for Week 1:

School : Active Players

  • LSU: 38
  • Southern Cal: 37
  • Alabama: 36
  • Georgia: 34
  • Florida: 33
  • Florida State: 33
  • Miami: 31
  • California: 29
  • Ohio State: 29
  • Notre Dame: 28
  • Tennessee: 28
  • Wisconsin: 27

Wednesdays With Les: Magee’s lack of carries, that record pass, Heisman pose and more

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LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.

Radio show

  • Miles was asked about the lack of carries for RB Terrence Magee. Magee has just 12 carries, the fewest of any of the four running backs, and 35 yards, also the fewest of any back. “We want to give him a number of opportunities, and I am sensitive to the fact he hasn’t gotten enough carries.”
  • Later in the show, another fan asked Miles about Magee, saying that the running back has been “demoted.” Said Miles: “There’s no demotion. He’s a leader of our team. He’s going to get plenty of opportunities. I would expect him to have a nice game this Saturday.”
  • Miles said WR Malachi Dupre is 100 percent and has only been getting “maintenance on an old injury.” Dupre was in and out of practice in August and missed the season opener against Wisconsin with a leg injury.
  • A caller asked Miles about Leonard Fournette’s Hesiman Trophy pose following his touchdown against Sam Houston: “The Heisman Trophy pose is certainly born out of enthusiasm and comes from a guy who has a want and thirst to achieve. … He needed to tell his team, this is about team. And the humble Leonard Fournette is in charge and working.”
  • Anthony Jennings and Travin Dural hooked up for a 94-yard touchdown pass to open LSU’s possession against Sam Houston State. The pass broke the LSU record for the longest pass play in school history, a mark previously held by tight ends coach Steve Ensminger. Miles on Wednesday said Jennings and Dural were given the game ball after the Sam Houston State game. They signed the ball and wrote the words, “Records were meant to be broken” and gave it to Ensminger.
  • Miles said OC Cam Cameron called that play to open the Tigers’ offensive possession: “‘I got a feeling. Let’s go deep,’” Miles said Cameron said. “And we did. “

Post practice

  • Les Miles confirmed news we reported earlier Wednesday that Travin Dural suffered a laceration to his head during a car accident early Sunday morning, but the coach said he will play and did practice Wednesday.
  • The coach also confirmed that defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao has began practicing with the team. Lelaimatafao posted a photo on his Twitter on Tuesday night of him at practice. It’s too early, Miles said, to decide if Lealaimatafo will redshirt, though most expect him to. ”We expected him to be in the mix right now if he had not sustained injury,” Miles said.
  • No. 3 quarterback Jared Foster had foot surgery and will miss the regular season. Miles said the No. 3 QB is either Jake Clise or Brad Kragthorpe.

SEC teleconference

LSU coach Les Miles said linebackers Lamar Louis and Kwon Alexander – both seen here not practicing Tuesday – will practice at some point this week and are expected to play against Louisiana-Monroe.

The coach said Alexander will practice “probably” twice this week and that Louis has practiced and will “probably” practice the “entire” week.

Alexander is recovering from a shoulder stinger. Louis’ injury is unclear.

  • Running back Kenny Hilliard has been LSU’s go-to running back so far this season, and that’s not likely to change, Miles said. “We’d expect for him to be one of the main guys as we go down the stretch.”
  • Miles was again asked about RB Leonard Fournette striking the Heisman pose after his touchdown run against Sam Houston State. “You’d rather have a guy who is ambitious and wants to receive a national award.” Miles said Fournette addressed to team and regrets doing the pose.
  • Miles went on to group Fournette with Desmon Howard and Patrick Peterson. “Been around three,” Miles said. “Desmond Howard won the Heisman and Patrick Peterson was in the running and Fournette.”
  • Returning to those linebacker injuries: Miles was asked how much a player must practice during a week in order to play. The coach basically said that he feels more comfortable allowing veterans to sit out and then play in the game, but younger guys need practice.

Frosh DT Trey Lealaimatafao begins practice

LSU three-star defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao has began practicing with the Tigers, Les Miles confirmed Wednesday. Lealaimatafao tweeted this photo late Tuesday night.

Lealaimatafao, a Texas native and the No. 32nd ranked DT in the class of 2014, punched through a glass window during an argument with a teammate over the summer. He suffered deep lacerations to his left biceps and was hospitalized.

At least one scar can be seen on his left biceps in the photo he posted on Twitter. Also, Lealaimatafao is wearing a brace on his left wrist, which was likely injured during the incident. Reporters saw Lealaimatafao walking out of the LSU football facility Tuesday.

Lealaimatafao is expected to be redshirted along with fellow freshman defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, who has not been ruled eligible for games by the Southeastern Conference. LSU coach Les Miles said in July that Lealaimatafao will “probably not” play this season.

In the above photo, assumed to be taken during Tuesday’s practice, linebacker Kwon Alexander is not practicing. Alexander suffered a stinger against Wisconsin and re-injured the injury against Sam Houston State. He’s expected to be healthy by Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe.

It appears, also, that linebacker Lamar Louis (far left of the screen) did not practice. His injury, if any, is unclear.

Miles commented on the status of Louis and Alexander during the SEC teleconference. Read about that here.

Twitter Mailbag: Jennings’ passing, in-state games, Dupre’s role

Malachi Dupre (left) and Anthony Jennings are both part of questions in this week's Twitter Mailbag.

Malachi Dupre (left) and Anthony Jennings are both part of questions in this week’s Twitter Mailbag.

Twitter Mailbag is a new blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

QB Anthony Jennings hasn’t proven that he can do that – have a solid passing percentage when throwing 30-plus times a game. Is it possible? Well, sure. Will coaches ever let him do that? Maybe.

Look at Jennings’ completions and attempts during his three career starts: 7-of-19, 9-of-21, 7-of-13. That’s an average of 18 attempts per game. We might never know if Jennings can be consistent when forced to throw the ball a ton. Coaches – at least through three games – didn’t trust him or need him to do so.

LSU coach Les Miles last addressed Travonte Valentine’s situation last week. Valentine, a four-star defensive tackle from Florida, is practicing with the team but is ineligible to participate in games.

The Southeastern Conference continues to examine Valentine’s transcripts from high school. He transferred high schools before his senior year, a red flag, some might say. Valentine suggested in August that another SEC school sparked the investigation. Look for Valentine to redshirt this season.

Great question. And we’ll have a story about that coming out in Wednesday’s Advocate. The answer is yes, but not many.

The only freshmen who have not played so far are LB Clifton Garrett, tight end Jacory Washington, receiver Tony Upchurch, offensive linemen Will Clapp and Garrett Brumfield and defensive linemen Trey Lealaimatafao (injured) and Travonte Valentine (ineligible).

Miles said Garrett will play at some point this season. The rest may be redshirted. Tight end is a deep position, so it’d be tough for Washington to work in. Tony Upchurch is a guy who might see the playing field. After all, Miles said a while back that all of his freshmen receivers would play. The other four are linemen, a position that lends itself to redshirting. Expect Lealaimatafao and Valentine to both redshirt because of their situations.

No, at least I don’t believe so. I can’t speak specifically on in-state schools, but LSU assistant AD Very Ausberry has said multiple times that LSU’s scheduling method will not change with the new playoff.

What’s LSU’s scheduling method? Each year, the Tigers play one FCS team, two lower-level FBS teams and a major conference squad. There’s a good chance each season that one of those lower-level FBS squads will be a team from in-state. In fact, our own columnist, Scott Rabalais, will be opining on this very subject in a column set to run Saturday.

No. I highly doubt LSU would ever play a neutral site game outside of a major city. The Tigers play neutral site games (A) for the money and (B) for a recruiting boost. I don’t believe the city of Shreveport can give LSU $3-plus million, and the Tigers already have roots there from a recruiting stand point since it’s in-state.

LSU’s preferred neutral site locations include Atlanta, Houston and Dallas. New Orleans and Orlando are two possible sites as well.

Well, a win over Mississippi State at home is a game LSU is expected to win. But a win at Auburn? That should move the Tigers up in the polls, especially if other teams in front of them lost that weekend. That’s the big thing with the polls: win all you want, but it’s tough to move up if teams in front of you also win.

Either way, if LSU wins its next four games (UL-Monroe, Mississippi State, New Mexico State and at Auburn), the Tigers could be as high as No. 5 nationally.

The Warhawks, according to LSU players, are a spread team. That doesn’t necessarily narrow it down since most squads now run some version of the spread. However, ULM seems most like an Ole Miss or a Missouri.

Be on the look out for their quarterback. Pete Thomas is a major college talent. He started his career at Colorado State before transferring to NC State and then leaving there for the Warhawks.

Man, that’s a tough question to answer. It’s a pretty common fact that two quarterbacks can’t lead a team for an extended time period. After all, the Catholic Church doesn’t have two popes and the US doesn’t have two presidents.

Someone will separate himself from the competition, but who? It’s too early to tell. Let’s see both of them play against SEC teams before making a decision. We’ll say this: Miles has several times over the summer said that Brandon Harris had more natural talent.

I do think Dupre will likely be one of LSU’s top pass catchers. Not sure about “starting.” LSU runs the ball more than it passes, and Trey Quinn is a solid run-blocker. Meanwhile, Travin Dural is a good deep threat. Those two are likely LSU’s starters, but when the Tigers move to a three and four receiver set, I’d expect Dupre and John Diarse to be the next two guys.

Dupre certainly has plenty of skill. Did you see his touchdown catch Saturday? It wasn’t an easy catch as Harris put just a tad too much air on it. Dupre’s outstretched arms and hands hauled it in for his first career TD reception.

LSU players in the NFL: Week 1

A total off 43 former LSU players competed, were inactive or were on practice squads during Week 1 of the NFL season completed Monday night.

Some highlights:

  • Odell Beckham Jr., who has yet to play a down for the New York Giants, was inactive because of his lingering hamstring injury.
  • Alfred Blue blocked a punt and scored for the Houston Texans in his first NFL game.
  • Ryan Clark, a 13-year NFL veteran, had five tackles and broke up a pass in his first game with the Washington Redskins since 2005 (he was with the Steelers from 2006-13).
  • Beckham’s old running mate, Jarvis Landry, had two kick returns for a 28-yard average and three punt returns for an 8-yard average for the Miami Dolphins.
  • LaRon Landry had eight tackles for the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Eric Reid had a 48-yard interception return to go with four tackles for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Russell Shepard, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013, finally recorded his first NFL tackle Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • In a late transaction, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard signed a contract Monday with Miami. He played for Indianapolis in 2013.

Here’s the complete list:

Name, Years at LSU, NFL Team, Position, Week 1 status/stats

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Week 1: Started

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W1: 1 Tackle

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W1: Inactive

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W1: Blocked Punt, 5 yd. TD return

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W1: Suspended

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W1: 2 Tackles

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W1: 1 Tackle

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, W1: 3 Tackles

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W1: 5 Tackles, 1 PBU

Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco 49ers, DT, W1: Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W1: No stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W1: No stats

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W1: Did not play

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W1: 4 rush, 19 yds

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, New York Giants, WR/RS, W1: Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W1: 1 Tackle

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W1: 1 Tackle

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W1: 1 Fumble recovered

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W1: 6 punts, 38.3 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W1: No stats

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W1: 2 KR, 28.0 avg.; 3 PR, 8.0 avg.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W1: 8 Tackles

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W1: 2 Tackles

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W1: Practice Squad

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W1: Inactive

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W1: 2 Tackles

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W1: Inactive

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W1: 4 Tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W1: 3 Tackles

Sam Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W1: Practice Squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W1: 1 Tackle

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W1: 2 rec., 1 yd.

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W1: 4 Tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT, 48 yds.

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W1: 8 rush, 21 yds.; 2 rec., 7 yds.

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W1: 6 Tackles

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, TampaBay Buccaneers, WR, W1: 1 Tackle

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W1: Inactive

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, W1: Started

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, W1: Started

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W1: 1 Tackle, 1 PBU

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W1: 6 Punts, 43.7 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W1: 1 Tackle

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W1: Inactive

Signed Monday (Sept. 8)

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB